IT Hiring Demand Grows

FRAMINGHAM (04/04/2000) - A national survey of more than 1,400 CIOs from companies with more than 100 employees found that 26 percent said they will hire additional information technology staff in the next three months.

RHI Consulting Inc. in Menlo Park, California, said in a report released Friday that only 2 percent of CIOs plan to reduce staff in the second quarter.

The resulting net 24 percent hiring increase is up 2 percent from the first quarter, according to RHI, a consulting services firm that places IT professionals.

"As companies continue to pursue e-business initiatives, demand for technology professionals who can develop and support Internet-based systems is intensifying," said Greg Scileppi, executive director of RHI, in a prepared statement.

The survey found the highest anticipated demand in the South Atlantic region, where 34 percent of CIOs surveyed said they expect to hire more IT staff within three months. Only 3 percent in that region said they expect a reduction in staff, the report said.

The Mid-Atlantic and New England regions showed the second- and third-strongest demand, with 29 percent and 28 percent, respectively, of CIOs reporting that they will add IT staff in the coming months. Only 1 percent of CIOs in those regions anticipated staff reductions.

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